TELECOM & INTERNET | Staff Reporter, Singapore

ADC Consortium to build submarine cable connecting APAC

The cable will be completed by Q4 2022.

Asia Direct Cable (ADC) Consortium, which includes Singtel, is building a submarine cable that will connect China (Hong Kong SAR and Guangdong Province), Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The cable will feature multiple pairs of optical fibres and is designed to carry more than 140 terabytes per second (tbps) of traffic.

Other members of the consortium are CAT, China Telecom, China Unicom, PLDT, SoftBank Corp., Tata Communications and Viettel. NEC Corporation will construct the 9,400- km- long ADC cable which is expected to be completed by Q4 2022.

“The Asia Direct Cable we're building will meet the rapidly growing demand for high-speed connectivity for advanced technologies such as 5G, IoT-related services, and high-definition video in the economically dynamic regions of East and Southeast Asia,” said Ooi Seng Keat, VP for carrier services, OTT and satellites, group enterprise at Singtel. 

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